We start with some short reviews but a good start to the tour. It's nice to know that people are enjoying the story Here's one from Goodreads. rating 5 of 5 stars bookshelves fantasy, new-adult, read edit shelves status Read in February, 2013 format ebook (edit) review Lots of action, creatures like giant stick insects, magicians with attitude, unrequited love, a mad talking cat, a few surprises and, of course, those creepy demons that know your mind and how to exploit it for their own purposes. It's better than the first book in the series. Oh yeah, that's mine. It does give you a brief glimpse of what's in it though. Then there's accolades on my writing ability from Annie Evett, (always nice to hear) and "Tahlia keeps the pace lively, and the powder keg of frothing emotions bubbling." The rest of her review is here http://annieonwriting.wordpress.com/2013/05/05/stalking-shadows And the very pink Little Miss Diana Drama Queen has this to say - "Nick and Ariel's … [Read more...]
A Hole in the Pavement – FREE 26th and 27th December – share the love
My charming, romantic short story is free on Kindle on the 26th and 27th of December. This magical realism story is truly one for the Christmas, season, guaranteed to bring a smile to your face and warmth to your heart. If you've read it already, gift it to a friend. Follow the links for the blurb and to see what others are saying about it. US Kindle store UK Kindle store Please tell your social networks about it. This story has only 5 star reviews. (Okay, so there's only 5 of them! If you've read it and liked it, I'd appreciate some more) … [Read more...]
Blog Tour – last two days and wrap up
The last two days of the Lethal Inheritance blog tour are an interview at Romance Books that has some very good questions in it http://romancebookie.blogspot.com/2012/12/interview-with-tahlia-newland-lethal.html and an excerpt & giveaway at A bit of a Dash. You can read chapter one over there. http://abitofdash.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/lethal-inheritance-tour-excerpt-and.html Do pop over and give these wonderful bloggers a bit of support. Tour summary Overall, the tour was a highly successful venture not only because all the reviews were good and some downright excellent, but also because only 2 out of 22 didn't post. (I hope they will still do their reviews later) Authors are totally dependent on the good will of the bloggers who host them for tours, and I am very grateful to the bloggers who helped me out on this. The best reviews ( ie well written and informative) are numbers 1, 2, 3, 5, and 19. Number 19 is the best. If you haven't read it, please do. It's totally … [Read more...]
Yay! The boss approved publication.
Great news! The boss (short for very-hard-to-get-approval-from general manager of Catapult Press) approved the manuscript and the cover (after a bit of consultation with my design assistant), so Give me a Break is all set to go. Here's the cover & the blurb. I'd really appreciate it if you could share this post with your social networks - use the buttons at the bottom of the post. If you want a print version, it's important that you fill in the form below because lots of requests will make it happen more quickly. Give me a Break, a young adult magical realism novella by Tahlia Newland will be published on ebook by Catapult Press in early June 2012. A print version is planned for later in the year and will include the short story collection, A Matter of Perception. The blurb Sixteen year old Carly wants to write her own life and cast herself as a superhero, but when she stands up to a bully, the story gets out of her control. Dylan, a boy who supports her stand, turns out to be a … [Read more...]
On what criteria should a reviewer make their judgment & how much should personal ‘likes’ affect a review?
With the development of ebooks, reader reviews are becoming an important arbitrator of quality. Anyone looking for a book online will most likely read online reviews before buying. This gives reviewers an important role in book sales and with it comes responsibility. But, just like books, there are well written reviews and not so well written reviews, and I believe that as readers, to be fair to the author, we should evaluate the reviews we read. In order to do this, we need to consider the following. What are the responsibilities of a reviewer? They are responsible to readers who want an honest review and to authors who want a fair review. Is this an informal review or a formal review? An informal review is usually short and just says whether a reader enjoyed the book or not. This is completely based on personal likes. These reviews are meaningless to us unless we know that the reviewer likes the same books as we do. I put these sort of reviews on Goodreads for books that I’ve … [Read more...]